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Sword Art Online - Volume 1: Aincrad Prologue Prologue
A huge castle made of stone and steel floating in an endless sky.
That was all this world was.
It took a vagarious group of craftsmen one month to survey the place;
the diameter of the base floor was about 10 kilometers -- large
enough to fit the entirety of Setagaya-ku within. Above, there were
100 floors stacking straight upwards; its sheer size was unbelievable.
It was impossible to even guess how much data it consisted of.
Inside, there were a couple of large cities along with countless small
scale towns and villages, forests and plains, and even lakes. Only one
stairway linked each floor to another, and the stairways existed in
dungeons where large numbers of monsters roamed; so discovering
and getting through was no easy matter. However, once someone
made a breakthrough and arrived at a city of the upper floor, the
Teleport Gates there and of every cities in the lower floors would
be connected making it possible for anyone to move freely through
With these conditions, the huge castle had been steadily conquered for
two years. The current front line is the 74th floor.
The name of the castle was Aincrad, a world of battles with swords
that continued floating and had engulfed approximately six thousand
people. Otherwise known as. .
Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online - Volume 1: Aincrad Chapter 1 Chapter 1
A grey sword cut my shoulder.
The thin line at the top left corner of my field of vision reduced
slightly. At the same time a cold hand passed over my heart.
The blue line--called the "HP bar"--is a visual rendering of my life
force. There was still a little over 80 percent left. No, this phrase isn't
appropriate enough. Right now, I was about 20 percent closer to death.
I dashed backwards before the enemy's sword even began its
I forced a huge breath to steady myself. The body in this world
didn't need oxygen; but the body on the other side, or rather the body
lying down in the real world, would be breathing heavily. My limp
hands would be soaked with sweat, and my heartbeat would be off the
Even if everything that I see right now is nothing more than a
rendering of a 3D virtual reality, and the bar being reduced was
nothing more than a bunch of numbers that showed my hit points, the
fact that I was fighting for my life didn't change.
When you think about it like that, this fight is extremely unfair. That's
because the enemy in front of me -- a humanoid with dully shining
arms covered in dark green scales along with a lizard's head and
tail--was not a human, nor was it really alive. It was a digital lump
that the system would replace however many times it was killed.
- Sword Art Online 001 - Aincrad
- Front Cover
- 001 Sword Art Online - Aincrad
- "Our shop's motto is to buy cheap and sell cheap."
- "...I'm going to kill you... I'll definitely kill you...."
- "Fight with me, if you win, Asuna can go with you but if you lose,"
- "D,don't ...look over here..."
- Gargantuan Game Castle - Aincrad
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Chapter 13
- Chapter 14
- Chapter 15
- Chapter 16
- Chapter 16.5
- Chapter 17
- Chapter 18
- Chapter 19
- Chapter 20
- Chapter 21
- Chapter 22
- Chapter 23
- Chapter 24
- Chapter 25
- Author's Notes
- Back Cover
- Dialogue References
- Hey, Kirito. Our shops motto is to buy cheap and sell cheap,Ў
- What͐s up, Asuna? For you to be coming to such a rubbish heap likethis.
- DDonÐt kid with me!! Do you think a pathetic player like you canprotect Asuna-sama!!
- Better than you can, most probably.
- You IÐm going to kill you IÐll defini
- If you fight me and win, then Asuna can
- D-Don't look̓this way.Î
- Term References
- Dengeki Light Novel Award